Swerve

Definition of Swerve

v. i.1.To stray; to wander; to rope.
[imp. & p. p. Swerved ; p. pr. & vb. n. Swerving.]
A maid thitherward did run,
To catch her sparrow which from her did swerve.
- Sir P. Sidney.
2.To go out of a straight line; to deflect.
3.To wander from any line prescribed, or from a rule or duty; to depart from what is established by law, duty, custom, or the like; to deviate.
I swerve not from thy commandments.
- Bk. of Com. Prayer.
They swerve from the strict letter of the law.
- Clarendon.
Many who, through the contagion of evil example, swerve exceedingly from the rules of their holy religion.
- Atterbury.
4.To bend; to incline.
5.To climb or move upward by winding or turning.
The tree was high;
Yet nimbly up from bough to bough I swerved.
- Dryden.
v. t.1.To turn aside.

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